"Arcology Skyscaper, Hong Kong"
Designer(s): WestonWilliamson+Partners, United Kingdom
Category: , Professional
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Arcology Skyscraper, Hong Kong
Rising from the banks of Victoria Harbour to a maximum
elevation of 440m, the ‘Kissing Towers’ provide a self-
sufficient, self sustaining vertical neighbourhood in the
centre of Hong Kong.
The building houses three functional zones spread across
250 000m2, with lower levels containing offices and
commercial space, the intermediate levels an agricultural
zone and the upper levels residential apartments.
Transport within the building is split, with a primary lift
system serving a series of public nodes situated between
the functional zones in each tower. From these public
nodes runs a secondary lift system which enables shorter
journeys within each functional zone and keeps journey
times to a minimum.
Responding to the context within both the city and the
building, the public nodes provide a range of retail,
recreational and social spaces offering all the amenities
required to generate a dynamic and thriving community.
At ground level, the three towers form a large central
square orientated to Victoria Harbour and an extensive
park enhances to the wider urban realm, creating much
needed green space along the central waterfront. As the
building rises, each floor plate expands incrementally to
provide deeper space allowing for greater flexibility in
use. Between the twenty first and twenty fifth floors, the
towers momentarily ‘kiss’ creating the main public spaces
within the building and allowing access to each of the
three towers above. Beyond this point, each tower
recedes to leave three iconic diminishing towers sitting
harmoniously in the Hong Kong skyline. The deeper floor
plates are utilised for the main commercial and
agricultural functions while the shallower floor plates
provide high quality residential accommodation above.
The building presents three hard, vertical corners to the
south and west, responding to the dense cityscape,
particularly when viewed from Victoria Peak. The inner
form of the building is sloped and punctuated at regular
intervals with public parks, triple and double height
agricultural zones and private winter gardens creating a
green and organic core to the building when viewed from
the harbour, reflective of the mountainous backdrop
which frames the skyline.
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